Whittier Law School has long since been a pioneer in the field of international law. Not only has it traditionally offered students an impressively wide variety of international law courses taught by a strong cadre of renowned practitioners and faculty, it has also been at the forefront of creating programs designed to deepen students’ understanding of global legal issues, facilitate the exchange of ideas and to enhance students’ career prospects in the international arena. Identifying “globalization” as one of the principal hallmarks of contemporary law practice, Whittier Law School established the Center for International and Comparative Law. The Center provides a number of ways in which students can further their understanding of international legal issues so that they may be better prepared to meet the challenges of the new world order.
The Center organizes year-round colloquia and a major international law symposium each year, hosting visiting scholars from prestigious law schools, government, international organizations, private practice, industry and elsewhere. These events have become an integral part of the Whittier community calendar and enable scholars and students to engage in vigorous dialogues about the globally significant legal issues and controversies of the day. The Center has established strong links with the International Sections of the Orange County and Los Angeles Bar Associations.
Additionally, the Center invites students to apply for valuable Fellowships and to take advantage of Special Writing Skills courses to complement their international legal studies and the availability of a Certificate Program in International and Comparative Law offers students the opportunity to obtain a specialist foundation in the international legal arena by pursuing a tailor-made international curriculum of elective subjects.
As part of its international outreach Whittier Law School also offers an LL.M Degree in U.S. Legal Studies for foreign lawyers.